LAKHIMPUR: Massive awareness programmes on pandemic COVID-19 have been held in Lakhimpur district among the public. North Lakhimpur Press Club (NLPC), the common forum of the headquarter journalists of the district, conducted an extensive awareness campaign on the fatal disease on Tuesday in the district. The programme was undertaken as part of the social responsibility initiatives of the NLPC in order to sensitize the common masses about how the fatal virus spreads, the symptoms of its infection and the preventive measures to be taken to contain the disease. By conducting the programme, the club made elaborate publicity on the above mentioned points through microphone in almost 100 villages under Telahi and Lakhimpur blocks of the district.
NLPC president Sailen Bauah, working president Kumud Baruah, vice-presidents Dipen Borah and Priyam Jyoti Phukan and magazine editor Ranjit Kakati took part in the campaign during which the significance of hand wash, maintaining of social distance, cleanliness and hygiene were elaborated. Special appeal was made to persons who returned home from other States to take medical advice and remain in home isolation for 14 days.
People were advised to avoid close contact with people who are sick, avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, to wash hands with water and soap and to visit the civil hospital or nearest primary health centre if they develop any signs or symptoms or in case they wanted to report any suspected case of coronavirus. They were also advised to clean hands regularly and thoroughly, to maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between oneself and anyone who was coughing or sneezing, to practice respiratory hygiene by covering the mouth and nose with bent elbow or tissue while coughing or sneezing, to stay at home if one feels unwell having a ever, cough and difficulty in breathing, to seek medical attention in such cases, to stay informed and to follow advice given by healthcare providers, and to maintain food safety.
NLPC appealed to all to follow the rules and regulations and guidelines of the five-day long lockdown from 6 pm on Tuesday until March 31, declared in order to prevent the outbreak of the highly contagious novel coronavirus pandemic. People were urged to fight against the pandemic with united effort.
NLPC has been conducting awareness campaign on COVID-19 since March 19 when it was launched at Phoolbari in the Assam-Arunachal border area of the district. On Monday, members of the club took part in a discussion with Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner Dr. Jeevan B with regard to creating awareness about the viral disease among the masses.